STEVE WATSON has quit Gateshead to take over at York City. He becomes the third permanent boss at Bootham Crescent this season.

Martin Gray started the season in charge, but was soon sacked and replaced by Sam Collins, who left the club last Saturday evening.

Watson and his assistant Micky Cummings, the former Darlington midfielder, handed in their resignations at the International Stadium today.

A club statement read: “Gateshead Football Club would like to sincerely thank Steve and Michael for their fantastic work during their 15-month tenure.’’

Ben Clark has been placed in temporary charge of the Heed.

A York statement read: "We are delighted to welcome Steve Watson to the club as first-team manager, along with his assistant Micky Cummins. The board conducted a series of interviews with a number of candidates but Steve impressed with his considerable experience as a player and coach, his knowledge of the game at all levels, and his vision for the club.

"He has demonstrated an ability to be successful on a limited budget at Gateshead and is prepared to step down from a higher league to strive for success at York City. The board will now be fully supportive of their aims and ambitions and wish the pair every success in their task."

Cummins signed for Darlington in 2007 when brought to the club by then manager Dave Penney, who is York's sporting director and was heavily involved in selecting Watson as Collins' replacement.